17 April 2023

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This week it's all about: The 1970s

Disco, Punk and Funk plus many more genres besides. Funk, Soul, R&B, Pop, Hard Rock, Soft Rock and Disco were all common genres in the music world in the 1970s. The late 70's also witnessed the birth of another, still current musical style of hip-hop. 

Some of the most famous pop music of all time was recorded in the 70s; from David Bowie to Led Zeppelin to Pink Floyd. Vinyl records were affordable to everyone and nearly everyone had a record player. Enormous music festivals like Woodstock disappeared as quickly as they arrived, and it is fair to say that 1970 marked the end of an era; The Beatles dissolved, as each went their separate ways appearing on solo albums.  

Among the popular artists in the 1970’s were Abba, Elton John, the Jackson Five, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond and Simon and Garfunkel. More local were the Bee Gees who were born on the Isle of Man and then lived in Manchester. They were famous for songs such as ‘Stayin' Alive’ and ‘Night Fever’. Elvis reappeared in concert, after making nearly 30 films in the 1960s and was performing live in Las Vegas until weeks before his death in 1977.

MABAL is music played through the school's speaker system during break and lunch.  Chosen by Mr Taylor, Lead Teacher for Music, this is designed to offer exposure to the curriculum in different ways, and support pupils' appreciation of music.

The focus is on one theme each week across a genre, a country or from history.  The theme could also link to the season or an event in school, such as the production.  Any further suggestions are welcomed - pupils should see Mr Taylor or email a.taylor@priory.lancs.sch.uk 

Tags: Music